How to Build an Effective "Standard" Resume


First impressions last.

Your first impression to many hiring managers, HR and recruiters begins with your resume.  Here is a step-by-step guide to properly format a “standard” resume.  Once you have read this article and built your “standard” resume, read our blog “Importance of customizing your resume” prior to submitting your application for a new job.

1) Properly Format Your Resume...

Here are the primary areas we are seeking in a resume



c.    SKILLS






2) Research...

Read our blog post “3 STEPS TO FIND YOUR DREAM JOB” and make sure you are applying to the right company and for the right position.

3) Font Type...

Personally, I like “Times New Roman”.  It seems, clean, clear and well-spaced.  There is no right or wrong here, but just keep it the same throughout your resume and use a font size of 10 to 14 depending on how much you are writing.  Also, here is an article from Monster, where they outline their suggestions for font type.  They list Calibri as their favorite from their top-10 list. 

4) Less is more...

I recommend writing all the information you want to share at first, and provide as much detail as possible.  Then go back through your resume and pick out the top-points and try to express the relevant highlights in as few words as possible.  Next, bold and highlight the relevant skills, education, work and project experience you want to highlight. 

5) Address and explain concerns...

Rather than covering up issues that may hurt your chances, address the likely concern by explaining in as few words as possible the reasons this has occurred.  For example, if you were only at an employer for 6 months, just add parenthesis (laid off due to lack of projects).

6) Be honest and don’t over-state your qualifications...

Transparency is critical.  Don’t lie or overstate your qualifications.  For example, if you have worked with AutoCAD for six months, instead of listing it on your resume as a skill write next to the skill (AutoCAD (6 months experience, __/10)


The goal of your resume should be to clearly state your qualifications.  Spend the extra time and effort to make sure it looks great, is accurate, and is well-written.  I have seen hiring managers pass on A+ candidates because they had a poorly written resume.  Feel free to send me or Daniela what you have so far and we can help you work on it as well if needed.

Also, you can download a sample resume we have built for your use if you would like.

Daniela Gomez